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♪ riding along in my automobile my baby beside me at the wheel ♪ ♪ cruising and playing the radio
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with no particular place to go ♪ >> love that song. >> uh-huh. perfect. >> growing up in the car we know all about this one the i came from a family of seven. my dad driving the station wagon. if i have to pull over. here we go. no secret that driving with your kids in the car can be distracting. >> just how distracted you are might actually surprise you. abc's paula faris agreed to show us how challenging it can be to stay focused on the road. >> reporter: in most of the country it is against the law to text and drive. but did you know studies have shown there is something just as dangerous. kids in the car. get in your seat, aj. to see how distracting back seat antics could be we mounted cameras in my family's van. documenting every angle of our weekly 25-minute trip to the store. i knew there were cameras probably even drove safer than normal. >> traveling, 55, 60 miles an hour.
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>> reporter: after a risk expert at virginia tech to assess my performance was startling. flower looks for something she calls eyes off the road. >> eyes off. right there. that's a lot. >> reporter: look again in two precious seconds my eyes were on my kids our van traveled the length of a football field. something terribly wrong could have happened could it not have? >> yes it could have. >> reporter: distracted driving that 50% of all car crashes. that australian study finding in a 16-minute trip parents spend 3:22 looking away from the road. that's like driving almost a quarter of the trip with something blocking your vision. and one of the biggest distractions -- kids in the back seat. watch when my son hand me the snack cracker, i look back to grab it. when my daughter tells me she can't see the movie, i adjust the dvd player. all the while keeping an eye on them in the rearview mirror.
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what i am doing here in the video is a no-no. >> right. >> reporter: what can parents do? first experts say set up car rules so your kids know what to expect. an example if they drop something make sure they know, you can't pick it up until the car stops. pull off the road first if you need to change the dvd or break up a fight. and keep a snack bag on hand if you can't feed the kids before you leave. one of the few things i did right. >> as a mother i know that is difficult. keeping your eyes on the roadway and driving are by far the most important thing. >> reporter: keeping the peace in the back seat helping to keep the whole family safe. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> oh, boy. >> how about that? you have a new one, little guy. >> i do. >> found yourself distracted? >> there are absolutely no rules. i stopped sitting in the back seat with my husband driving. i left him alone back there. >> oh, my goodness. calling geico there.
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♪ don't los smartphones can do just about anything except maybe feel. that could change one day. >> scientists at cambridge say they designed a virtual talking head that can express a range of human emotions. >> hi, my name is zoe i am a talking head created by cambridge scientists and you may be seeing and hearing me a lot more in the future. >> reporter: what is different about the virtual person according to the team behind her is that both her face and voice can express a range of emotions.
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let's make zoe angry. >> i have had just about enough of this. you have been messing me around all morning. >> reporter: this is that of an actress, zoe lister whose speech and expressions over several days. others could be scanned in 3 d. their software will allow some one to upload their face and voice in second. >> do you feel i sound really human? >> not yet. a work in progress. the team think this face and others like it could soon be top popping up in all sorts of different places. >> you are late. where on earth are you. >> you can think of potential applications. sending messages to your friend with your face on it. having actors or game characters, interfaces with computers, so having conversations with a virtual for example. >> reporter: this is one team working on the idea of realistic
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virtual humans. whoever gets it right could change the way we interact with the digital world. >> see you again soon. i think i am beginning to look you. >> see every man out there making their wife look like a movie star. put a different face on the voice. >> little scary. don't know if i want wizard of oz. >> pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. >> there you are. >> kind of creepy. that might be the most scary. >> speaking of technology. we told you that john muller joined twitter. >> i did. in less than 24 hours i have 449 followers. pretty cool. if you want to follow me i'm @johnmullertv. i will tweet again. >> he will tweet again. >> i'm slowly getting up to speed. >> some one said the competition between you and i begins. who will get more followers? >> give me a few weeks. >> we'll be right back. followers? >> give me a few weeks. >> we'll be right back. but it doesn't cover everything.
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this morning on "world news now" -- plot to kill. investigators reveal disturbing new details about a young man's plan to open fire on his university campus. >> we are hearing more from the suspect's heroic roommate who spotted trouble and took immediate action. it's wednesday, march 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> good morning, everybody. first day of spring today. >> yeah. >> what's going on? >> it's cold, way too cold. >> way too cold. >> in texas, southern florida, california, seems like spring to me. for the rest of us, not so much. >> unlucky folks north of new york, still getting snow. sorry, guys. >> we'll get to the chilling details from orlando college campus where the young man's actions probably spared a lot of bloodshed. >> a major headline this morning, barack obama's first trip as president to israel. with so many political hot button issues in the mideast can
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we expect the president to make many accomplishments during this historic visit? >> ten years after the iraq war we'll introduce you to veterans who cannot forget their military and personal battles looking ahead to the future. don't miss bob woodruff's special report coming up. >> later on, the on again/off again romance of katy perry and john mayer. their personal life can make interesting song lyrics weaned may have the final verse in "the skinny". firsz, the details in the foiled plot to kill students at a university campus in florida. >> police say the gunman came dangerously close to carrying out his planned massacre until his roommate took incredibly brave action. abc's matt gutman is in orlando. >> reporter: the first video from police cameras, tracking down a would-be killer, body mounted cameras showing cops with assault rifles discovered the body of the gunman along with his arsenal of mass murder. in the background, that fire alarm. police say the shooter set it
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out so he could get students in the hallway and slaughter them. the suspected shooter pulled this fire alarm down, went back into his unit here, then he grabbed his guns and went after one of his roommates who fled into the bathroom. that roommate called 911. >> my roommate just pulled a fire alarm and he's got a gun out. >> reporter: you said he never made eye contact with you. >> he made eye contact with me when he pulled the gun on me. that was the best eye contact i ever had with him. looked me dead in the eye. he just raised the gun. >> reporter: police say the roommate helped prevent a massacre. they say the shooter left behind a checklist planning every step of the attack. last two items, pull fire alarm and give them hell. as he did each thing he actually scratched them off on the list. so that was -- and the list stops with pull the fire alarm. >> reporter: he amassed an arsenal, bombs, guns, ammo and massive clips. we learn it could have been much worse. packages were found in the college mail room. >> what was in the mail waiting for the deceased were, were two,
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22-round magazines, also a black hawk tactical sling, and a training dvd. >> reporter: in a short statement, the suspected gunman's parents said their son was a loner but had no history of violence. matt gutman, abc news, orlando. democratic leaders in the senate are bowing to political reality, and pulling the assault weapons ban from gun control legislation. majority leader harry reid says there aren't enough votes to overcome gop opposition. he says separating the ban from measures increases the chances of passage. the assault weapons ban appeared to gain momentum after the massacre in newtown, connecticut, in november. president obama heading to the mideast in israel. the first time he visited the jewish state as president. abc's tahman bradley looks at the issues. >> reporter: president obama embarked on a trip to the middle east with the goal of winning the hearts and minds of the israeli people, mr. obama's first visit to israel as president.
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he will make several symbolic stops including laying a wreath at the founder of modern zionism. the centerpiece of the visit is delivering a speech to an audience of mostly college students. >> the president will visit israel with a message about the enduring relationship between the united states and israel about the unshakeable commitment the united states has to israel's security. >> reporter: even before the trip, the president tried to reassure israel of his commitment to their protection telling israeli tv that iran is still more than a year away from developing a nuclear weapon. >> that is a red line for us. something that would not only be dangerous for israel but would be dangerous for the world. >> president obama will use the visit to mend fences with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu after the two leaders sparred over expansion of jewish settlements and areas claimed by the palestinians. on the trip mr. obama will head to the palestinian authority for a meeting with president mahmoud abbas. >> this reflects a deep commitment by president obama to see the limitation of the two
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state solution. >> reporter: not everyone there is happy the president is coming. some protesters in bethlehem burned ape poster of mr. obama. the president rounds off his trip with a stop in jordan for a meeting g meeting. administration officials have set low expectations for the trip saying there will be no major announcements of a breakthrough in the israeli-palestinian peace process. the mayor of kansas city missouri, was in the middle of delivering his state of the city address when a man shoved him, and grabbed the microphone. he managed to shout obscenities, slammed the mayor before police tackled him out. eyewitnesses say he scuffled with the officers for ten minutes backstage before he was finally escorted out of the building. the ukrainian parliament was shut down, after lawmakers engaged in -- look at this -- an all-out brawl. fists flew when a member of the party delivered a speech in russian. that angered the opposing nationalist party which believe
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strongly that urabian should be spoken instead. >> gee, whiz. >> for a language, really? ukraine is divided between those who favor continuing close ties to russia and ukrainian speakers who favor the west. >> some video. auto body shops across mississippi getting an influx after the area battered by a hailstorm. we told you about it. police say now their number one customer is all the victims of the hail, baseball sized smashing a fleet of squad cars in jackson leaving them riddled with dents and broken windows. insurance companies have received thousand of claims. parts of northern new england buried under a foot of snow and it is still coming down. police are enforcing a slower than usual speed limit in portland after a series of accidents elsewhere, in maine, drivers urged to stay off the slick roads altogether. >> well here is a look at the weather for our first day of spring. another 6 inches of snow in maine and adirondacks. up to a foot of lake-effect snow, around western pennsylvania and upstate new york. bitter cold, snow showers in the upper midwest.
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rain from seattle to san francisco. heavy snow in the cascades and the rockies. >> mostly 60s from boise to albuquerque. teens, fargo to minneapolis. 23, chicago. mostly 40s in the northeast. all right, in college hoops, a stunner of a loss for the defending national champions in basketball powerhouse, the kentucky wildcats. they fell to robert morris university. yes, robert morris. >> uh-huh. >> in the first round of the national invitational tournament. unbelievable. >> that's right. a disappointing end for the wildcats. man, oh, man, are the kids from robert morris excited. this was the biggest win in the school's history. hundreds of students and fans were there to celebrate. >> robert morris led almost the entire game. the wildcats came close. a last second three-point try. it missed. robert morris advances to the second round. wildcats season is over. everybody loves an underdog story. i am not familiar with the school, but i am now. i will be paying attention. >> my gosh.
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first of all the rush onto the court is the best part of the game when they win. when the underdog wipns, you like it even more. by the way, kentucky's coach makes $5.2 million a year. >> wonder what his counterpart over there makes? >> i'm sure. >> .2. >> far less. you know what? that's the kind of come from behind story we always love on this show. >> man, got to love the stuff. my new favorite team. robert morris. >> rooting for them. them and baylor, another underdog. coming up -- plenty of pressure from swimsuit model kate upton over a prom invitation. and the janitor just bupdled up a lot of money. he won the illinois lottery. find out his plans now that he is rich. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather -- brought to you by intermezzo. intermezzo. e easy but when you wake up in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved
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yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the war in iraq. a war which claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 american soldiers and more than 100,000 iraqis. >> abc reporter bob woodruff entered iraq with american troops ten years ago and talked with some of them about their lives now. >> reporter: the invasion began with shock and awe.
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there were early successes, but years of bloodshed followed. i was there in the beginning embedded with the marines. in that first week i got to know jesus suarez del solar. a week later he was killed by an unexploded artillery shell. by the time the war was over, we would lose 4,488. more than 32,000 visibly injured. melissa stockwell was the very first female soldier in the war to become an amputee. struck by an ied in 2004. do you have regrets? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: since then she has become a world champion triathlete. we asked her today if those feelings have changed? >> i am as proud as ever. i show my leg off with the red, the white and the blue. living proof life does go on. >> reporter: three years into the war, jeff landee was struck by an ied unconscious for 32 days. i met him then in the bethesda naval hospital. he can't remember anything from
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that interview. but today, he owns a new house, and is back in college. >> i knew there could be a high possibility of me being wounded. i didn't believe i was going to get wounded as traumatically as i did. but, you know, i don't regret one second of it. if they gave me the chance i would go back. >> reporter: how do they want americans to think of them now? >> i want people to look beyond what happened overseas. they can see the scars on my head, jaw and shoulder and all that stuff. i wish people would look beyond that. there is more to any, any given human. >> reporter: about 1.5 million americans served in the war in iraq. most of those that i met say that whatever you feel about the war, you are against it or for it, history is going to make that determination. for now just thank the veterans for what they are and what they have done. bob woodruff, abc news, new york. >> powerful stuff. if you talk about the scope of this. the disparity between the amount
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of people killed, again, you don't want to lose one american life. 4,500 american soldiers to 100,000 iraqis many of them children. a scary number. and some other numbers for you. this war apparently cost us $1.7 trillion. $490 billion in benefits for the veterans. that number alone can go up to $6 trillion over 40 years. >> i will tell you this -- the veterans deserve every penny to care for them now that they're back. the time to pinch pennies might have been before it started. not now. >> that's right. completely agree with you. all right, coming up, an actress' picture worth 1,000 words. >> celebrity singers with a bittersweet relationship that could make interesting song lyrics coming up in "the skinny." >> mm-hmm.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> welcome to "the skinny," everybody. we start with some sad news from the stars. we have a breakup to tell you
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about kate perry and john mayer have broken up again. i didn't know this. i had no idea. they called it quits in august. they made up in september. and they continued to date for the past seven months. but now a source has confirmed to e!news they're once again broken up. a little caveat to this, as there always is, "u.s. weekly," i wish it was "us weekly," "us weekly" says it is over when it's over. she is leaving the door own. they're both focused on work. what does that mean? who knows? who is the source? who is that? >> it could be tit for tat. they're both great songwriters or musicians and you wonder if there is going to be a breakup song. diss each other. write the songs. sing them for each other. >> you know what, john mayer has so many anti-love songs out there about him. time for a love song. >> talk about this prom season coming up not too far away.
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one kid, high school senior prom guy, let me see where he is from, well, i'll find that in a minute. he is shooting for the stars asking for swimsuit model kate upton. jake davidson, starting an online campaign to get kate upton out there to accompany him to the dance. he even put a pitch out there. listen up. >> i am going to be real. i don't have a girlfriend. with prom season rolling around. this would be problematic for some. not me. >> he is an l.a. kid. he knows about a good sales pitch. he would be a good match. he shaves. he works out. showers. gets dressed. has a butler fetch things for him. a strict 11:00 p.m. curfew. cannot stay out too late with the swimsuit cover girl. no word from her yet. but. >> wow, look at that. everybody knows that cover. >> can you imagine? >> a question for a dad of a 9-year-old daughter. if she were to pull a stunt and get the star to take her to
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prom, would you let her stay out past 11:00 curfew? >> absolutely. positively. >> because the chaperon would be an adult. >> because kate upton is an adult? you are saying? >> if my daughter is out with a star dude? justin timberlake. she asks him, and he says okay. >> justin timberlake is a quality human being. i would make sure justin came, looked me in the eye. >> the whole thing. >> i would trust justin. okay, you are a cool dad. in case you missed one of the, i don't know how many at least a dozen, we have a new and improved mug shot for you. lindsay lohan, was in court yesterday. she was booked at santa monica police department for reckless driving and lying to a peace officer after slamming her car last summer. tmz says she has chosen to do rehab, not because she has a problem with a substance, of course not, because she is scared of jail. the same person spent some time
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in jail. also spent time doing community service at a morgue. once again in our headlines. >> not a bad mug shot in terms of looks. i have seen a lot worse ones. all right, howard stern, not a big enough deal for him. he said he wants the "tonight show" johnny carson's former show. quote, i have contacted matt lauer how i will take over the "tonight show," and he joked on a sirrus-xm show. the very idea of him taking over jimmy fallon's show is an insult. "the tonight show" would be the greatest ever. it was pretty funny. i didn't hear it. the director heard it. they would get johnny out of the ground. ed mcmahon, out of the ground. have a "weekend at bernie's" thing, use them as puppets. >> i am a little scared of howard, in any capacity outside of a radio show. >> he cracks me up. he is completely inappropriate. men love him. makes you laugh. >> a good interviewer. we'll give you that. >> i'd watch him.
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we'll sing for this guy, though. a chicago janitor is a newly minted millionaire this morning after hitting it big with a powerball ticket. that's why this is our "favorite story of the day." >> this is awesome the man fled iraq with his family several years ago now he is realizing a very american dream. abc's eric hom has more from chicago. >> reporter: this man is a janitor by trade and he cleaned up. >> translator: i can't stand on my legs. he is so happy. he can barely feel his legs. >> reporter: the couple rejoiced in syrian and english when they were presented the check with numbers that need no translation. >> for $1 million. jumping everything. >> reporter: the announcement ten years to the day the u.s.
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invaded iraq. the couple at the time were in baghdad along with their two sons the oldest just 3. >> it brings tears to your eyes. what was it look to have a 3-year-old at the beginning of the war ten years ago. and find yourself ten years later in a 7-eleven in chicago and you won $1 million. >> reporter: the couple are syrian christians and felt endangered in iraq. five years ago they came to chicago. he became a janitor cleaning buildings in the loop. >> no matter what happens to your country. you leave it, you have the same feeling for your country. no matter what is happening in your country. >> reporter: the 43-year-old purchased the ticket for the march 6 drawing from this 7-eleven. at brinmour and kimble. he walked up to the counter learned he won $4 from the previous drawing and played powerball again. i will take two quick picks. he missed the drawing on tv and was stunned when he showed the numbers to a store clerk. she told me, "you win." i told her "how much." she said, "$1 million." i said "no, you joking." she said, "$1 million."
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>> reporter: the couple wants to buy a house and no he is not quitting his janitor job or quitting the lottery. they have two quick picks for the powerball drawing. the jackpot $260 million. eric hong, abc news. >> how great. >> he is not quitting his job. >> he won two lotteries. >> not yet any way. >> first thing i am doing when i win the lottery, oh, by the way. >> i would agree with you. $1 million isn't enough to quit your job, make it through the whole long life, you need more than $1 million. >> that's true. becomes citizen, lottery number one. wins a million bucks, lottery two. >> i say i hate lottery winners. this one i really like. congratulations, you deserve it. >> awesome. awesome. >> we'll be right back. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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this morning on "world news now" -- military tragedy. a warfare exercise in a nevada desert turns deadly when mortars exploded. >> the fatalities in the marine corps and what the pentagon is doing to prevent any other accidents like this. it is wednesday, march 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> good morning. we are going to explain the risks in military training exercises and the accidents that can happen in our top story. >> another big headline this morning, protesters fed up with their government's plans to take money out of their bank accounts cover the country's budget mess. the protesters won this time. but the financial crisis in cyprus far from over. then to an eye-opener -- a medical headline. genetic medicines, generic
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medicines including eye drops and pills can save you money. but what you don't know about generics that can harm you. get your facts before the trip to the pharmacy. saving time and preventing hassle during your commute. gadgets for the car designed to keep you connected, comfortable and safe, our giz whiz is going to show up and tell us about this coming up in a little bit. >> really interesting stuff he has got in store for us. but first, the seven marines were remembered last night in nevada not far from where they were killed. >> military investigators now trying to figure out why a mortar accidentally exploded while still in the launching tube. abc's martha raddatz reports on the risks. >> reporter: it happened in darkness, deep in the nevada desert. some 150 marines on predeployment training for night warfare.
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using weapons every bit as deadly as if it were the real thing. the marines were firing 60 millimeter mortars, small bombs, placed into firing tubes that can launch over a mile. instead, the mortar exploded while still in the firing tube. and in a flash, those seven marines were dead and more than half a dozen more wounded. including a navy corpsman. >> a team of investigators has begun the investigation to figure out just what happened. >> reporter: until they find out why, the marine corps will suspend the use of all 60 millimeter mortars and tubes worldwide. >> this was suggested the marine corps in its preliminary assessment found there is a problem with the bomb itself and it was not human error. >> reporter: a year ago, seven marines were killed in trng when two held ne th/cif border. but ground traicide mar w
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overseas now where there are accusations that pope francis was slow to act against sexual abuse by priests in native argentina. an activist group complaint follows the pope's inaugural mass at the vatican yesterday. from the pope for what it calls convicted priests. during the mass, pope francis spoke about the need to care for the poor and suffering. financial markets worldwide remain jittery after lawmakers on the tiny island of cyprus rejected vers a dhaved the governto tnal ban how will this act in europe ane in here's abc'frin- he e islruisr quaint mountain villages, sparkling seas and happy it looks healthy, but economically it is very sick. 1,000 people filled this square furious that government promised to take money out of their bank accounts to help pay for a massive desperately needed loan.
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>> it's theft, really, essentially it is theft. >> reporter: government theft? >> the government is stealing so they can hban >> reporter: a real populist element to the protest. they're saying rich people should pay for the mistakes of the banks and government. they're staying peaceful. here you can see a line of riot police. behind them is the parliament building. and the protesters achieved v parliament abandoned the pla tax their bank accounts. the country is still despe, on the vergebankd iftdoet, t and government coulroke thalit nd o stocks, even the protesters know that. >> it is a domino effect it will start here it will not end here. it will -- financial collapse will commence here in cyprus, all throughout europe and will affect the united states most definitely. >> reporter: which means this beautiful i
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the fate of the european and perhaps world economie nick schifrin, abc news, cyprus. all right, statue of liberty which was shut down after hurricane sandy set to reopen in time for fourth of july. the statue itself survived the , bulad sits badly d. making it uoritor repairs should be compl summer trav after a relentless final few weeks of winter, we are pleased to report that spring arrives. at 7:02 eastern time. just a few hours from now. as abc's ginger zee reports it's welcome news for the northeast after another major winter storm. >> reporter: it is like a broken en plows down. shovels out and that familiar sound. spring is just hours away yet nowhere in sight. >> so much for the groundhog, huh? i think he got that one wrong. >> it's ridiculous. we are tired of it. >> reporter: so is judy. >> i still have snow banks like
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this. it is not going away. we are all miserable. >> reporter: she had to close her bakery for the first time ever. thanks to the snow >> tims no bad. this year it is constant. >> i'm sick of it! >> reporter: her grandson travis home for yet another snow day. >> right now with this missed >> cheers to snow day >> cheers. ith cake making the besf a this really isnthat thrf tty they can get snow all the way through june. what will be slightly unusual or away from average would be the cold.x t y low e temperatures for at th eastern third of the nation. so not a whole lot of warm air coming your way, at least t yet. ginger zee, abc news, massachusetts. >> this is rough. for the northeast, you know, not speaking because we are here. what is interesting about this second half of all winter is normally there is a breakout day. two in a row. everybody feels awesome. gets cold. you get a taste of it. we had no breakout day. >> the breakout day, a couple weeks ago, maybe 55.
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not really breakout. >> 65, 70. 70 is a breakout day. none on the horizon either. >> i remember five years ago going to the beach it was 70 degrees in december. >> wow. exactly right. i remember barbecuing in january. >> there you go. >> what's up? >> let's get some of that back. i'm unhappy about this. >> take a look at the forecast for the first day of spring. lingering snow in northern new england. snow around the great lakes, upper midwest. heavy snow in the cascade, rockies, rainy in the pacific northwest, northern rockies. showers from the carolina coast down through florida. >> 82 in miami. we are so incredibly jealous of you. upper 60s, dallas to new orleans. teens, 20s in the upper midwest. phoenix in the hot spot getting all the way up to 86 degrees. this isn't a bad return for a $3 investment, the tag sale purchase sold at auction here in new york for more than $2 million. this inconspicuous bowl purchased for $3. turns out it is a 1,000-year-old piece of chinese ceramics. apparently just sitting in the the owner's living room until a couple months ago. what?
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>> purchase for $3. sold for $2 million. that is phenomenal. >> i am going to go and turn over every piece of ceramic that i have at home to see if anything is worth anything. >> holy mackerel. a collection of designer evening gowns that once belonged to princess diana is in new hands this morning. snagged at auction in london for $1.2 million. so that is less expensive than the bowl. >> the navy velvet number fetched the most going to an anonymous bidder for $360,000. diana wore that to the white house in 1985 when she hit the floor with john travolta. an encounter arranged by nancy reagan. nancy asked if i would dance with diana because it was her wish. we danced for what it seemed like 10 minutes. the floor cleared. it was kind of like a fairy tale. >> a piece of royal history.
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he bought it as a surprise for his wife. dancing with john travolta must have been pretty cool, huh? >> you hear all the stories about the marriage which was not a good one. apparently prince charles was jealous after that dance. >> jealous of john travolta on the dance floor. whereas a dude you go knock yourself out. >> john travolta. >> she sold a bunch of her dresses after her divorce with prince charles to kind of get rid of this era of her life she wasn't very happy with and got the idea from her son prince william. >> good idea. >> sell them away, mom. >> i want the $3 ceramic bowl. >> all i care about. let's find the bowl. coming up, saving money at the pharmacy could cost you in other ways in the long run. >> the story of the lucky fisherman who will be telling for years this fish tale. a great white shark caught off of florida, weighed 2,500 pounds. we'll bring you the excitement coming up. >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ pills will make you lose weight ♪ ♪ pills will make you gain weight ♪ >> even down there. >> even down there. for the first time in half a century, americans are spending less on prescription drugs mostly because of the switch towards cheaper generic pills. >> buyer beware, if the medicines are faulty, patients can't sue because the drugmakerers are protected the supreme court may change that.
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abc's lindsay janice has more. >> reporter: 53-year-old karen bartlett, once an independent mother and wife is almost captive in her own home. she is nearly blind and almost died after taking a generic pain drug eight years ago. all this happened because i took a medication prescribed to me, all because of shoulder pain. >> reporter: she sued the generic manufacturer, got a $21 million judgment but hasn't seen a dime of it. that's because in 2011 the supreme court limited the responsibility of generic drug manufacturers because all they have done is copy the brand name formula. many feel this is unfair. in high school a doctor prescribed accutane, a medicine to gabe drapus. the pharmacy gave him the generic. at college, he fell violently ill, was bleeding internally and had to have his large intestine removed. he blamed the medicine. 770 people have sued the brand
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name maker with one person awarded $25 million. the brand name is appealing. no lawyer would take gabe's case because he had taken the generic version. karen's case was heard by the supreme court. which will decide if the generic drug manufacturer can be held accountable. unless the law changes most people taking generics have no legal recourse if the drugs make them sick. lindsay janis, abc news, new hampshire. >> frightening. >> what do you do? >> you can understand in a way, the generic company saying we are following the formula of the original drug company. we didn't make the drug. approved by the fda why should we be held liable. it is really a tough one. >> the supreme court is split on this. with some of the justices saying we don't know if we want regular people determining whether or not these pills are bad or not so bad. and the other half kind of saying, wait a second it is okay if they're fda approved. that didn't mean they're not dangerous. >> yeah. that's why the supreme court
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welcome back, everyone, we are pleased to have one of our favorite guests, the one and only from twit.tv, dick debartolo. he is here with the latest high-tech and low-tech gadgets you want to hear about for your car. good morning, dick.
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what do we have today? >> fun stuff from audiovox car connection. the gismo goes under the dash, something called the obd, 2 port, most cars since 1996 have had it. then it will tell you -- where your car is? how fast your car is going? you want to check in on your kids? put a zone where you don't want the car to go beyond. forget where your car is. >> a lojack/electrical fence for your car. >> exactly. and it also can send you engine information and give you tips on saving gas. this little guy, everybody is charging their gadgets via the cigarette lighter. this goes in the cigarette lighter. each gadget needs its own voltage. ipad need a lot of voltage. it has a chip when you plug it it, it analyzes what you put in and puts that voltage out to
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charge your device. >> you never overcharge anything. >> exactly. this guy is neat. had something last year, had this last year, the new version, the spare one. and this is a phone you just keep in the glove compartment. one aa battery. if you don't need it, the battery is good for 15 years. an emergency, you break the battery seal. now you have ten hours of talk time. push the plus button it will call an emergency number for you or the police. >> how long before every car has one of those in the glove compartment. >> they should. >> absolutely. >> the amount of the times i have been on the side of the road i need a bunch of those. >> exactly. this is neat, the mug is dual heated travel mug, dual insulated. in the cigarette lighter. a lot on the market. you get out of the car. you have a beverage. pull this out. now you have a usb dongle. >> no. >> from the cigarette lighter to the computer. >> what?
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>> can i walk away with this? >> yeah. >> the comfy cruise, heated blanket. this also goes into the cigarette lighter great. for the kids in the back seat. big enough for two. >> a nice one to have. nice and thick even if it doesn't warm up. still going to warm you up. even if it is not warming up. do a couple more. don't have a ton of time. >> garage laser park the you mount this on the ceiling of the garage. you only have to do this once. it is aim the laser on your car, where you want to park your car, then, once it is up there, when you drive in the next time it automatically senses the car coming in. it turns on. and then you can put the little pinpoint, we are showing it here, say right on your dashboard. you drive up, when that pinpoint is on the dashboard, stop you have not run into the bicycles and all the other stuff. one of the cheapest ways, the tennis ball on the string. >> i have that.
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>> you have that. >> this is the high-tech version for under $10. tennis ball on a string. when your car touches it, it puts on a little light show. if you want to go laser, do that. and finally -- >> finally, i will hold this up while you explain. >> car head rest hanger. these go on the posts of the head rest of the front seat. hangs down in the back seat. now you have hooks for shopping bags, sports equipment, clothes on hangers. and a little. the four hook version. and then there is a two hook version. this one is about $15. the little two hook version is under $10. >> check this out. thank you, dick, we love it when you come by. you bring us the best stuff. >> info at gizwhiz.biz. if you need info and links. >> find detailed information on our facebook page, wnnfans.com. we'll be right back with more "world news now." we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪
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♪ >> a fish tale for you. the catch of a lifetime in the gulf of mexico. >> it was a battle that took three hours. finally fishermen reeled in a great white shark. it was all captured on video, of course. carson chambers reports from tampa. >> get one shot of this in your life. >> reporter: this is the charter boat captain. >> 150-pound power pro. >> reporter: this is the fishing rod. >> i wasn't letting go of the rod. i wanted it. >> reporter: this is the angler. >> i fish a lot of bass tournaments back home in canada. >> reporter: whose gulf of mexico catch may just be an 18-foot, 2,500 pound fish tale without this video.
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>> oh, my god, it is huge! >> holy! >> oh! >> reporter: the video was shot aboard go fast fishing charters. the captain dropped a hunk of bait 30 miles off treasure island when a great white shark moved in for lunch. >> no mistaking it. nothing else that big out there. >> reporter: after a 3 1/2 hour fight they called fair catch and cut her loose. >> captain joe did say he's got you. no way i got him. >> reporter: the great white is a protected species. >> it is unusual not unheard of. >> reporter: according to florida aquarium shark expert it passes through the gulf some times hunting food. it is more likely to stay in deep, cool water. >> when you hit, 80, 90 feet, the temperature can change 10 degrees or more. you really feel that. you get in water this time of year in the upper 50s more than native range of great whites. >> pretty much at the top of the
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mountain. not much you can do past this. >> reporter: now this freshwater fisherman is hooked. better than your biggest bass? >> oh, yeah, i will say. >> reporter: treasure island, i'm carson chambers, abc action news. >> story for the rest of his life. >> we don't know, we are more impressed with the handlebar mustache on the shark expert or shark itself. have you gone fishing and caught anything? >> nothing that big. my dad tells it. hey, there you go! great white in your midst. >> nice knowing you everybody. >> my dad, i went fishing with him in one of those little fishing in a barrel. i started crying they wouldn't throw the fish back in. >> you wanted to eat it? >> no, i wanted the fish to go back in. >> how about you? >> went with my dad, when i was little. caught a sand shark. >> shark is a shark. >> shark is a shark. little.
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this morning on "world news now" -- mideast mission. president obama arrives in israel this morning for the first time in his entire presidency. >> why this trip may be long on searomy and symbolism and short on diplomatic accomplishments. it's wednesday, march 20th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good morning, everyone. the first round of meetings for the president begins shortly. we'll take you live to jerusalem to set the scene in a moment. >> another big headline we are following, a college student's plot to kill on a university campus in orlando. what investigators have discovered and what happened in the suspect's room moments before his suicide. >> this morning the teenager who survived the shooting in
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pakistan and got attention as she pushed for education rights for girls. she has a reason to celebrate in her new home. >> paula faris behind the wheel, learning firsthand about driving distracted when her kids are demanding her attention from the back seat. the safety lessons she learned that could happy any parent. first the historic visit by president obama to israel. the first time mr. obama visited the jewish state in his presidency. he will be greeted in tel aviv by top israeli leaders and then whisked to high-level meetings. >> the trip is expected to be rich in symbolism, and a speech by the president to israeli people to pledge friendship and security. >> with the mideast in turmoil and because of so much uncertainty in the region the trip is a high profile one. >> alex marquardt is in jerusalem. where the president meets with prime minister netanyahu today. alex, good morning, the trip we hear so much about symbolism is that code for not a lot of substance. break it down for us. >> reporter: good morning, yeah, i think you are absolutely right. the trip is less about what they
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hope to accomplish in terms of policy and diplomacy than the actual symbol of coming here. the first time president obama visited israel and the territories as president. both prime minister netanyahu and president obama are starting new terms. there are major issues to be discussed. the white house is calling this a broad strategic conversation to focus on syria, iran and the israeli palestinian peace process. of course, three of the most pressing issues for these two countries today. >> if this is more about symbolism what progress can we expect from the president's meetings with the israelis and the palestinians? >> well of the three issue that will be discussed on this trip this is the one where the least progress is expected to be made. expectations have really been lowered by the white house. they made it very clear, since the trip was announced they aren't coming here with any grand plan, any new vision to get this peace process back on track. it hasn't budged in more than two years.
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and it will be discussed at the president's meetings with prime minister netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas. none of these three sides are optimistic at this point that negotiators will be back at the table anytime soon. >> alex, let's talk about syria. the president must have his eye on the country after news that rebel fighters there might actually have chemical weapons now? >> yeah, syria is probably the most immediate concern for both the u.s. and israel. specifically the threat of chemical weapons falling into the wrong hands, as you mentioned. the u.s. and israel looking to clarify each other's positions. what action will be taken in various scenarios and by whom. israel for example has already attacked a weapons convoy inside syria early this year. that was destined or headed to enemy hezbollah so why the u.s. doesn't want to get involved in another war in the middle east, this will be a discussion about where they see the civil war in syria heading. and what the chaos in syria heading and what the chaos could
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mean for the rest of the region. >> all right, thank you so much for that report live from jerusalem. our coverage of the president's mideast visit does not end here. more live reports from jerusalem later on "america this morning" as well as "good morning america," and you can find additional background on abcnews.com. the pentagon has called a halt to the use of 60 millimeter mortar shells. seven marines killed. several others injured during exercises deep in the nevada desert. investigators trying to figure out white a mortar round fired in the firing tube during the exercise. dramatic new details of the massacre plot averted on the university of central florida campus. police say the gunman had planned to pull the fire alarm and then start shooting as students rushed out of their dorms. that plot was stopped when his roommate called 911 and faced that gunman down. >> he made eye contact with me when he pulled the gun on me. that was the most, best eye
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contact i had with him. looked me dead in the eye. >> beside the weapons the gunman collected, police say they found packages of ammunition and items in the college mail room. all addressed to him. >> how frightening was the sound bite from the roommate. my goodness. the ohio teen who shot and killed three students last year is sentenced to three terms in prison. at his court hearing, a defiant t.j. lane taunted the victim's families, smirking and gesturing obscenely. in february 2012, opened fire in a cafeteria in cleveland. three boys died. another paralyzed from waist down. lane says he doesn't know why he did it. the pakistani teen shot in the head by the taliban last october has returned to the school for the first time since undergoing reconstructive surgery. malala yousufzai was targeted because she defied banning girls from getting an education.
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>> because now i can even walk. i can even run now. >> reporter: malala's walk to school with her dad has been quite a journey. she only nearly escaped an assassination attempt in pakistan. following a remarkable recovery, this is her first day back at school here in britain. >> i dream for all the children that they should go to their school. it is their right. a basic right. >> reporter: unlike most teens it is her uniform that she is most proud of. >> i am a student and, yes, i am living my life. the old life. i am going to school and i'm learning. >> reporter: malala was a student when she began campaigning for girls' rights to an education. incensed, taliban extremists shot her in the head. since then she has been receiving treatment in birmingham.
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at 15, malala already has huge responsibilities. she has taken her fight for an education to the world stage and talk of a nobel peace prize. as she starts school, it is about making friends, fitting in and simply doing her best. >> she herself wants to be a normal teenage girl and have the support of other girls around her. i think talking to her that is something she very much missed during her time in hospital. >> reporter: malala will enter school in year 9. >> inspiring story. the head of nasa calling for an early warning system to protect the country against meteors. but he says the government is not willing to pay for it. the nasa chief told lawmakers a meteor may have been deflected. infrared technology could have detected the meteor. currently there is not a whole lot we can do. >> if you detected even a small one like the one that detonated in russia, headed for new york
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city in three weeks. what would we do? >> the answer to you, if it's coming in three weeks, pray. >> experts warn the chances of a meteor catastrophe are slim. they say they are real. 10,000 small meteors within range capable of destroying heavily populated urban areas are out there. now to a medical study that hits home for sleep deprived and stressed out right here at home. turns out they may make us at risk for obesity. colorado researchers discovered adults who got five hours of sleep a night gained weight almost immediately after cutting back on sleep. they ate 6% more food than adults who got nine hours of sleep at night. researchers discovered sleep deprived people crave fatty foods. wonder what the study is on people who get no sleep at night. >> should i let out my suit now because i fit that perfectly. >> go grab a burger for both of us. >> have fun. go for it. new york mayor michael bloomberg has some new evidence on his side as he fights to ban
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large, sugary drinks. new research shows sugar sweetened drinks may lead to 190,000 deaths each year. most were diabetes related deaths. others from cardiovascular disease or cancer. the study focused only on adults, though. hostess twinkies could be returning to a store near you. the bankruptcy judge approved the sale of iconic snack that include ding-dongs and ho-hos. companies hope to have the former hostess treats back in the stores. factory workers who lost their jobs when hostess shut down are hoping to be hired back. that is a perfect story. awe -- >> i like the ding-dongs. long, brutally cold winters are tough enough for siberians. now they find themselves dealing with a threat from nature. bears. >> wildlife experts say bears ss ss
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more than ever starting to show up in places where they just aren't supposed to be like a remote train station. thanks to a shortage of nuts and berries in the forest, he seems upset with the agent. perhaps mistaking the office for a dinner. a large bear. >> yeah. he was determined to get in side. what do you do if you see that out your window? >> duck under the desk. start praying. >> thank god for my bars. apparently starts calling him, sound like -- they call brown bears in siberia. here, kitty, kitty, kitty. a big old bear. >> those are bear bars. not to keep criminals out. they know what they're doing over there. coming up, the breakfast that promises to boost your sex life. >> really? serve some up. >> and forget about siri on your iphone. a woman's talking head could replace her. better not hurt her feelings. i will show you why. you are watching "world news now."
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♪ cruising and playing the radio with no particular place to go ♪ >> love that song. >> uh-huh. perfect. >> growing up in the car we know all about this one the i came from a family of seven. my dad driving the station wagon. if i have to pull over. here we go. no secret that driving with your kids in the car can be distracting. >> just how distracted you are might actually surprise you. abc's paula faris agreed to show us how challenging it can be to stay focused on the road. >> reporter: in most of the country it is against the law to text and drive. but did you know studies have shown there is something just as dangerous. kids in the car. get in your seat, j.j. to see how distracting back seat antics could be, we mounted cameras in my family's van. documenting every angle of our weekly 25-minute trip to the store. i knew there were cameras probably even drove safer than normal. >> traveling, 55, 60 miles an
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hour. >> reporter: after a risk expert at virginia tech to assess my performance was startling. flower looks for something she calls eyes off the road. >> eyes off. right there. that's a lot. >> reporter: look again in two precious seconds, my eyes were on my kids our van traveled half the length of a football field. something terribly wrong could have happened could it not have? >> yes it could have. >> reporter: distracted driving that 50% of all car crashes. that australian study finding in a 16-minute trip, parents spend a staggering 3:22 looking away from the road. that's like driving almost a quarter of the trip with something blocking your vision. and one of the biggest distractions -- kids in the back seat. watch when my son hand me the snack wrapper, i look back to grab it. when my daughter tells me she can't see the movie, i adjust the dvd player. all the while keeping an eye on them in the rearview mirror. what i am doing here in the
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video is a no-no. >> right. >> reporter: what can parents do? first experts say set up car rules so your kids know what to expect. an example if they drop something make sure they know, you can't pick it up until the car stops. pull off the road first if you need to change the dvd or break up a fight. and keep a snack bag on hand if you can't feed the kids before you leave. one of the few things i did right. >> as a mother i know that is difficult. keeping your eyes on the roadway and driving are by far the most important thing. >> reporter: keeping the peace in the back seat helping to keep the whole family safe. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> oh, boy. >> how about that? you have a new one, little guy. >> i do. >> found yourself distracted? >> there are absolutely no rules. i stopped sitting in the back seat with my husband driving. i left him alone back there. >> oh, my goodness. calling geico there. you have a 9-year-old you fall right in here. >> i am lucky.
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smartphones can do just about anything except maybe feel. that could change one day. >> scientists at cambridge say they designed a virtual talking head that can express a range of human emotions. >> hi, my name is zoe i am a talking head created by cambridge scientists and you may be seeing and hearing me a lot more in the future. >> reporter: what is different about the virtual person according to the team behind her is that both her face and voice can express a range of emotions. let's make zoe angry. >> i have had just about enough of this. you have been messing me around all morning. >> reporter: this is that of an actress, zoe lister whose speech and expressions over several days.
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this morning on "world news now" -- plot to kill. investigators reveal disturbing new details about a young man's plan to open fire on his university campus.
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>> we are hearing more from the suspect's heroic roommate who spotted trouble and took immediate action. it's wednesday, march 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> good morning, everybody. first day of spring today. >> yeah. >> what's going on? >> it's cold, way too cold. >> way too cold. >> in texas, southern florida, california, seems like spring to me. for the rest of us, not so much. >> unlucky folks north of new york, still getting snow. sorry, guys. >> we'll get to the chilling details from orlando college campus where the young man's actions probably spared a lot of bloodshed. >> a major headline this morning, barack obama's first trip as president to israel. with so many political hot button issues in the mideast can we expect the president to make many accomplishments during this historic visit?
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>> ten years after the iraq war we'll introduce you to veterans who cannot forget their military and personal battles looking ahead to the future. don't miss bob woodruff's special report coming up. >> later on, the on again/off again romance of katy perry and john mayer. their personal life can make interesting song lyrics weaned may have the final verse in "the skinny". first, the details in the foiled plot to kill students at a university campus in florida. >> police say the gunman came dangerously close to carrying out his planned massacre until his roommate took incredibly brave action. abc's matt gutman is in orlando. >> reporter: the first video from police cameras, tracking down a would-be killer, body mounted cameras showing cops with assault rifles discovered the body of the gunman along with his arsenal of mass murder. in the background, that fire alarm. police say the shooter set it out so he could get students in the hallway and slaughter them. the suspected shooter pulled
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this fire alarm down, went back into his unit here, then he grabbed his guns and went after one of his roommates who fled into the bathroom. that roommate called 911. >> my roommate just pulled a fire alarm and he's got a gun out. >> reporter: you said he never made eye contact with you. >> he made eye contact with me when he pulled the gun on me. that was the best eye contact i ever had with him. looked me dead in the eye. he just raised the gun. >> reporter: police say the roommate helped prevent a massacre. they say the shooter left behind a checklist planning every step of the attack. last two items, pull fire alarm and give them hell. as he did each thing he actually scratched them off on the list. so that was -- and the list stops with pull the fire alarm. >> reporter: he amassed an arsenal, bombs, guns, ammo and massive clips. we learn it could have been much worse. packages were found in the college mail room. >> what was in the mail waiting
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for the deceased were, were two, 22-round magazines, also a black hawk tactical sling, and a training dvd. >> reporter: in a short statement, the suspected gunman's parents said their son was a loner but had no history of violence. matt gutman, abc news, orlando. democratic leaders in the senate are bowing to political reality, and pulling the assault weapons ban from gun control legislation. majority leader harry reid says there aren't enough votes to overcome gop opposition. he says separating the ban from measures increases the chances of passage. the assault weapons ban appeared to gain momentum after the massacre in newtown, connecticut, in november. president obama heading to the mideast in israel. the first time he visited the jewish state as president. abc's tahman bradley looks at the issues. >> reporter: president obama embarked on a trip to the middle east with the goal of winning the hearts and minds of the israeli people, mr. obama's first visit to israel as president. he will make several symbolic stops including laying a wreath at the grave of the founder of modern zionism. the centerpiece of the visit is delivering a speech to an audience of mostly college students. >> the president will visit israel with a message about the enduring relationship between the united states and israel about the unshakeable commitment
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the united states has to israel's security. >> reporter: even before the trip, the president tried to reassure israel of his commitment to their protection telling israeli tv that iran is still more than a year away from developing a nuclear weapon. >> that is a red line for us. something that would not only be dangerous for israel but would be dangerous for the world. >> president obama will use the visit to mend fences with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu after the two leaders sparred over expansion of jewish settlements and areas claimed by the palestinians. on the trip mr. obama will head to the palestinian authority for a meeting with president mahmoud abbas. >> this reflects a deep commitment by president obama to see the limitation of the two state solution. >> reporter: not everyone there is happy the president is coming. some protesters in bethlehem burned ape poster of mr. obama. the president rounds off his trip with a stop in jordan for a meeting. administration officials have set low expectations for the trip saying there will be no
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major announcements of a breakthrough in the israeli-palestinian peace process. john and diana? >> thank you. the mayor of kansas city missouri, was in the middle of delivering his state of the city address when a man shoved him, and grabbed the microphone. he managed to shout obscenities, slammed the mayor before police tackled him out. eyewitnesses say he scuffled with the officers for ten minutes backstage before he was finally escorted out of the building. the ukrainian parliament was shut down, after lawmakers engaged in -- look at this -- an all-out brawl. fists flew when a member of the party delivered a speech in russian. that angered the opposing nationalist party which believe strongly that ukrainian should be spoken instead. >> gee, whiz. >> for a language, really? ukraine is divided between those who favor continuing close ties to russia and ukrainian speakers who favor the west. >> some video.
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auto body shops across mississippi getting an influx after the area battered by a hailstorm. we told you about it. police say now their number one customer is all the victims of the hail, baseball sized smashing a fleet of squad cars in jackson leaving them riddled with dents and broken windows. insurance companies have received thousands of claims. parts of northern new england buried under a foot of snow and it is still coming down. police are enforcing a slower than usual speed limit in portland after a series of accidents elsewhere, in maine, drivers urged to stay off the slick roads altogether. >> well here is a look at the weather for our first day of spring. another 6 inches of snow in maine and adirondacks. up to a foot of lake-effect snow, around western pennsylvania and upstate new york. bitter cold, snow showers in the upper midwest. rain from seattle to san francisco. heavy snow in the cascades and the rockies. >> mostly 60s from boise to albuquerque. teens, fargo to minneapolis. 23, chicago. mostly 40s in the northeast.
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all right. in college hoops, a stunner of a loss for the defending national champions in basketball powerhouse, the kentucky wildcats. they fell to robert morris university. yes, robert morris. >> uh-huh. >> in the first round of the national invitational tournament. unbelievable. >> that's right. a disappointing end for the wildcats. man, oh, man, are the kids from robert morris excited. this was the biggest win in the school's history. hundreds of students and fans were there to celebrate. >> robert morris led almost the entire game. the wildcats came close. a last second three-point try. it missed. robert morris advances to the second round. wildcats season is over. everybody loves an underdog story. i am not familiar with the school, but i am now. i will be paying attention. >> my gosh. first of all the rush onto the court is the best part of the game when they win. when the underdog wins, you like it even more. by the way, kentucky's coach makes $5.2 million a year. >> wonder what his counterpart over there makes? >> i'm sure.
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>> .2. >> far less. you know what? that's the kind of come from behind story we always love on this show. >> man, got to love the stuff. my new favorite team. robert morris. >> rooting for them. them and baylor, another underdog. coming up -- plenty of pressure from swimsuit model kate upton over a prom invitation. and the janitor just bundled up a lot of money. he won the illinois lottery. find out his plans now that he is rich. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather -- brought to you by intermezzo. zo. e easy but when you wake up in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction
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yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the war in iraq. a war which claimed the lives of nearly 4,500 american soldiers and more than 100,000 iraqis. >> abc reporter bob woodruff entered iraq with american troops ten years ago and talked with some of them about their lives now. >> reporter: the invasion began with shock and awe. there were early successes, but years of bloodshed followed. i was there in the beginning embedded with the marines. in that first week i got to know jesus suarez del solar. a week later he was killed by an unexploded artillery shell.
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by the time the war was over, we would lose 4,488. more than 32,000 visibly injured. melissa stockwell was the very first female soldier in the war to become an amputee. struck by an ied in 2004. do you have regrets? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: since then she has become a world champion triathlete. we asked her today if those feelings have changed? >> i am as proud as ever. i show my leg off with the red, the white and the blue. living proof life does go on. >> reporter: three years into the war, jeff landee was struck by an ied unconscious for 32 days. i met him then in the bethesda naval hospital. he can't remember anything from that interview. but today, he owns a new house, and is back in college. >> i knew there could be a high possibility of me being wounded. i didn't believe i was going to get wounded as traumatically as i did. but, you know, i don't regret one second of it. if they gave me the chance i would go back.
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>> reporter: how do they want americans to think of them now? >> i want people to look beyond what happened overseas. they can see the scars on my head, jaw and shoulder and all that stuff. i wish people would look beyond that. there is more to any, any given human. >> reporter: about 1.5 million americans served in the war in iraq. most of those that i met say that whatever you feel about the war, you are against it or for it, history is going to make that determination. for now just thank the veterans for what they are and what they have done. bob woodruff, abc news, new york. >> powerful stuff. if you talk about the scope of this. the disparity between the amount of people killed, again, you don't want to lose one american life. 4,500 american soldiers to 100,000 iraqis many of them children. a scary number. and some other numbers for you. this war apparently cost us $1.7 trillion. $490 billion in benefits for the veterans. that number alone can go up to $6 trillion over 40 years. >> i will tell you this -- the
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veterans deserve every penny to care for them now that they're back. the time to pinch pennies might have been before it started. not now. >> that's right. completely agree with you. all right, coming up an actress' picture worth 1,000 words. >> celebrity singers with a bittersweet relationship that could make interesting song lyrics coming up in "the skinny." >> mm-hmm. >> announcer: "world news now" continues afte
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> welcome to "the skinny," everybody. we start with some sad news from the stars. we have a breakup to tell you about katy perry and john mayer have broken up again. i didn't know this. i had no idea. they called it quits in august. they made up in september. and they continued to date for the past seven months. but now a source has confirmed to e!news they're once again
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broken up. a little caveat to this, as there always is, "u.s. weekly," i wish it was "u.s. weekly," "us weekly" says it is over when it's over. you have to see how things play out. she is leaving the door own. they're both focused on work. what does that mean? who knows? who is the source? who is that? >> it could be tit for tat. they're both great songwriters or musicians and you wonder if there is going to be a breakup song. diss each other. write the songs. sing them for each other. >> you know what, john mayer has so many anti-love songs out there about him. time for a love song. >> talk about this prom season coming up not too far away. one kid, high school senior prom guy, let me see where he is from, well, i'll find that in a minute. he is shooting for the stars asking for swimsuit model kate upton. jake davidson, starting an
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online campaign to get kate upton to accompany him to the big dance. he even put a pitch out there. listen up. >> i am going to be real. i don't have a girlfriend. with prom season rolling around. this would be problematic for some. not me. >> he is an l.a. kid. he knows about a good sales pitch. he would be a good match. he shaves. he works out. showers. gets dressed. has a butler fetch things for him. a strict 11:00 p.m. curfew. cannot stay out too late with the swimsuit cover girl. no word from her yet. but. >> wow, look at that. everybody knows that cover. >> can you imagine? >> a question for a dad of a 9-year-old daughter. if she were to pull a stunt and get the star to take her to prom, would you let her stay out past 11:00 curfew? >> absolutely. positively. >> because the chaperon would be an adult. >> because kate upton is an adult? you are saying?
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>> if my daughter is out with a star dude? justin timberlake. she asks him, and he says okay. >> justin timberlake is a quality human being. i would make sure justin came, looked me in the eye. >> the whole thing. >> i would trust justin. okay, you are a cool dad. in case you missed one of the, i don't know how many, at least a dozen, we have a new and improved mug shot for you. lindsay lohan, was in court yesterday. she was booked at santa monica police department for reckless driving and lying to a peace officer after slamming her car last summer. tmz says she has chosen to do rehab, not because she has a problem with a substance, of course not, because she is scared of jail. the same person spent some time in jail. also spent time doing community service at a morgue. once again in our headlines. >> not a bad mug shot in terms of looks. i have seen a lot worse ones. all right, howard stern, not a big enough deal for him.
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he said he wants the "tonight show" johnny carson's former show. quote, i have contacted matt lauer how i will take over the "tonight show," and he joked on a sirrus-xm show. the very idea of him taking over jimmy fallon's show is an insult. "the tonight show" would be the greatest ever. it was pretty funny. i didn't hear it. sandy our director heard it. they would get johnny out of the ground. ed mcmahon, out of the ground. have a "weekend at bernie's" thing, use them as puppets. >> i am a little scared of howard, in any capacity outside of a radio show. >> he cracks me up. he is completely inappropriate. men love him. makes you laugh. >> a good interviewer. we'll give you that. >> i'd watch him.
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a chicago janitor is a newly minted millionaire this morning after hitting it big with a powerball ticket. that's why this is our "favorite story of the day." >> this is awesome the man fled iraq with his family several years ago now he is realizing a very american dream. abc's eric hom has more from chicago. >> reporter: this man is a janitor by trade and he cleaned up. >> translator: i can't stand on my legs. he is so happy. he can barely feel his legs. >> reporter: him and his wife rejoiced in a syrian and english when they were presented the check with numbers that need no translation. >> for $1 million. jumping everything. >> reporter: the announcement ten years to the day the u.s. invaded iraq. the couple at the time were in baghdad along with their two sons the oldest just 3. >> it brings tears to your eyes.
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what was it like to have a 3-year-old at the beginning of the war ten years ago. and find yourself ten years later in a 7-eleven in chicago and you won $1 million. >> reporter: they are a syrian christians and felt endangered in iraq. five years ago they came to chicago. he became a janitor cleaning buildings in the loop. >> no matter what happens to your country. you leave it, you have the same feeling for your country. no matter what is happening in your country. >> reporter: the 43-year-old purchased the ticket for the march 6 drawing from this 7-eleven. at brinmour and kimble. he walked up to the counter learned he won $4 from the previous drawing and played powerball again. i will take two quick picks. he missed the drawing on tv and was stunned when he showed the numbers to a store clerk. she told me, "you win." i told her "how muc she said, "mill
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i said "no,. shid, >> reporter: the couple wants to bua us not quitting his janitor job or quitting the lottery. they have two quick picks for the powerball drawing. the jackpot $260 million. >> how great. >> he is not quitting his job. >> he won two lotteries. >> not yet any way. >> first thing i am doing when i win the lottery, oh, by the way. >> i would agree with you. $1 million isn't enough to quit your job, make it through the whole long life, you neede than $1 millio becomes citizen, lottery number one.
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this morninge this morning, the president's overnight flight. >> air force one lands in israel a visit that the world is watching, but there are low expectations for this trip despite high tensions across the region. we're live in jerusalem. breaking right now, a nation crippled overnight by a massive
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cyberattack. the target, major tv networks and banks. eye on the sky. nasa's plan for preventing a meteor strike in russia last month is simply to pray. hard core shocker. march madness living up to its name already for a big loss for the reigning champ. good wednesday morning, everybody. president obama arrives in israel for his first visit to the jewish state as president. >> even though he'll address the very serious questions in the area, expectations remain low. it may be more about the president's legacy than any current crisis. alex marquardt is joining us this morning from jerusalem with a preview of the visit. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, diana. good morning, john. as you can see it's a beautiful day in jerusalem.
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the president will arrive in just a little while. it's going to be a very busy few days for him. he'll be greeted off the plane by president shimon peres and prime minister benjamin netanyahu and will almost immediately get whisked over to system. that the u.s. contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to and will continue to contribute money to over the course of the next few days he'll meet several times with prime minister netanyahu with palestinian president mahmoud abbas and give a big speech tomorrow in jerusalem which will be followed by a state dinner. on friday morning he'll go over to bethlehem to see the church of the nativity where jesus is said to have been born and the

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